Safety problems cause tunnels to close
The tunnels at Stony Batter have been closed because of “significant concerns” about visitor safety.
Department of Conservation Auckland manager Keith Gell says there have been several complaints about problems with visitor safety at the tunnels.
“The tunnels are extensive, and people have reported becoming disorientated in the tunnels without proper guidance in place.
“If torches are inadequate or fail then there is a high risk of injury,” says Mr Gell.
Local surfers were greeted with the welcome sight of huge waves over the long weekend.
With wind gusts reaching 100km per hour on Sunday night, power cuts were experienced in Oneroa and Surfdale.
According to Waiheke fire chief Ron Leonard, there were no reports of damage.
“I know the Fire Brigade were called to power lines arcing in Blackpool, but I haven’t heard of anything else.” •
Memorial for Wilf Jones
Well-known Waiheke resident Wilf Jones passed away at the age of 91 at Auckland Hospital last week.
He will be remembered as an active member of the community, who was involved with Grey Power and organised public meetings to protest against rates rises.
A World War Two veteran, Wilf was one of eight Waiheke residents to receive a Citizens Award from Waiheke Community Board in 1999.
Wilf had recently had a stroke and was surrounded by family when he passed away peacefully on 22 April.
A memorial service for Wilf will be held at the Waiheke RSA Clubrooms in Ostend at 11.30am on Friday 1 May.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Piritahi Trust, P O Box 588, Oneroa or to The Stroke Foundation, PO Box 65371, Mairangi Bay. • Rose Davis
Play offers insights into war
A play opening on Anzac Day aims to expose the horrors of war and encourage people to question the reasons for wars.
Gentler than a Rifle Butt is a challenging work with a strong anti-war message, say director Carol Winstanley and producer Renee Casserly.
“It makes us think about what and who we fight for, on a political level and an individual level,” says Renee, who also stars as a nurse in the play.
New Zealanders were fighting against a nation “they didn’t even know” at Gallipoli, says Renee.